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Dirty Side Down

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Editorial Reviews

Dirty Side Down, the 11th studio album from Widespread Panic is set
for a May 25th release on ATO Records. Dirty Side Down is comprised
of 12 songs that incorporate Panic s unique blend of rock, jazz and
blues inspired textures into songs flowing with melody, rhythm and
emotion.

After 24 years, Widespread Panic remain one of America s best live
bands, and most successful touring acts. Aside from their legendary
live shows, they continue to raise the bar in their genre through their
songwriting, and Dirty Side Down is a prime example. Band members
John Bell (vocals/guitar), John Hermann (keyboards/vocals), Jimmy
Herring (lead guitar), Todd Nance (drums/vocals), Domingo Ortiz (percussion) and Dave Schools (bass/vocals) combine their efforts by writing, or co-writing, 10 of the album s 12 tracks. Songs, such as the dark, multi-layered opener Saint Ex , the boogie blues of Jaded Tourist or the laid back Southern nature of When You Coming Home showcase Widespread Panic s dynamic range as songwriters and musicians.

1. Saint Ex
2. North
3. Dirty Side Down
4. This Cruel Thing
5. Visiting Day
6. Clinic Cynic
7. St Louis
8. Shut Up and Drive
9. True To My Name
10. When You Coming Home
11. Jaded Tourist
12. Cotton Was King

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B003FUZMYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Ortega on May 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Widespread Panic needs to bottle the formula they use to create records. They are as prolific and consistent as any band on the planet and still find time to play any time anybody offers them a stage.

This record combines all the elements of the band into an harmonious whole. JB growls and yelps, Dave supplies a solid bottom foundation for every song, Jimmy has obviously embraced the sound and enhanced it and everyone just does their usual outstanding job of adding to the whole.

Great new studio versions of standards Clinic Cynic and North and they finally put the St. Louis jam on a record. John Kean's production is outstanding and his pedal steel adds a nice voice on several cuts.

I've just listened to it the first time and it's excellent. I knew after watching the Wanee sets that this record would be another great one and I was right. IMHO I saw the two best rock bands on the planet those nights in the Allman Brothers and Panic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wildwielder on July 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love all of WP's back catalog, and there are only a few artists I can say that about. That being said, there are some albums I like better than others, and I did find the albums after Mike Houser's passing to be not quite as thrilling as classics like the self-titled album, Ain't Life Grand, 'Till the Medicine Takes and Don't Tell the Band-- that is, until now! This is right up there with them. The title track is one of my favorites-- reminds me of "Sparks Fly" (a song I love on Ball), with John Bell's quietly growled singing and choppy beat. Another stand out is "Saint Ex". I love how it has different sections and unexpected tempo changes, yet is still down-to-earth-- almost (dare I say it?) prog without the pretensions. But, really, every track is fantastic. Some take a few spins to really appreciate, but you get there. And the legendary Jimmy Herring really has found his place in this band. I wasn't so sure after the very anticeptically produced Free Somehow, but then again it takes a while for a band to adjust to a new member, and vice-versa. The recent live shows and this record prove he's become a perfect fit. And Dirty Side Down is a perfect fit in Panic's catalog. Great job, guys!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bellocq on August 3, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is their best studio release since Don't Tell The Band was released nine years ago. I blame their last two lackluster studio efforts with trying to work while in a vacation spot like the Bahamas. Working in paradise just didn't work. This one hits the mark for me and I have been a fan for the past 12 years. There is not one bad cut on here. Everything just flows. A jam band in a studio is like a caged animal and needs to be let out (the Grateful Dead inspired this analogy). But somehow, WSP is able to pull off great studio releases like this one, which is the next best thing to their stellar live shows. Looking forward to this Halloween at the Lakefront Arena!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PBR Man on March 20, 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Dirty Side Down is a great album. I like the fact that they have let Jimmy Herring add his flavor the different tracks. The engineering on this recording is top notch to say the least. If you are an audiophile and you enjoy listening to vinyl I would say this is a must have LP. You also can't beat the deal of getting the vinyl and the CD for one great price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Mellen on December 2, 2010
Format: Vinyl
I somehow missed this band over the past 20 yrs, but not going forward.

this is a perfect album, not a bad song on any of the 4 sides, and I think this is the best new album of 2010. The vinyl version is pristine, and well pressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Brunelle on December 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the best work they've done post Mike Houser, the production is flawless with Keane back behind the board. The layers of sound take you on a journey each and every listen. Wonerful music
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A masterpiece of this band. First received a friends copy of this recording and wanted to patronize band instead of ripping them off.. bought it and still have it sealed; but listen to copy often... and great incarnation of this band and a powerful testament to their talent.. ..Long time fan and still collect recordings that are bootleg as they are taper friendly.. Always try to buy my music instead of getting it free because that's how quality artists make a living and put food on the table for their families.. and that is why there are less quality bands and musicians making money today in an industry that is struggling to keep pace with the people stealing their recordings and not allowing them the luxury of success.. Its happening in the DVD market as well and in Hollywood when people can rent a movie for a $1.60 at the Redbox or possibly even get it for free.. The software is out there to copy these movies and people just do not care if Hollywood makes a dime anymore ..for all the struggling actors and actresses that means less work..and less quality produced projects..!! Oh well,... one day technology won't be on the side of the pirates that operate outside of the industry and things will change and level the playing field.. Thanks !!
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I've listened to the album twice through so far and it really is growing on me. It kind of feels like a sequel to Till The Medicine Takes with the rootsy/bluesy feel. Jimmy Herring has toned a bit so it's not all noodly, the piano and organ is kicked up a bit, JB and Jojo both sound good on vocals and I'm glad that Panic has included a few tracks that they've been sitting on for a while like Visiting Day and Clinic Cynic. The other obvious parallels to Till the Medicine Takes: Jerry Joseph cover (North), Instrumental track (St. Louis), song that builds like Climb to Safety (Shut Up and Drive) and backing female vocals (This Cruel Thing - Vic Chenutt cover). Some of their new tracks that I've never heard before like Saint Ex and Jaded Tourist are also pretty cool.

AIt's a solid album that is probably their best since Till the Medicine Takes. Definitely their best effort yet on vinyl.
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